Why the GOP Lost The House and How We Can Still Advance Our Priorities

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, celebrate Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Washington. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)

Republicans shed a lot of dead weight last night. The party failed to provide a solution to the most important domestic issue of our time – healthcare – and to no one’s surprise, it cost them. Look no further than the so-called “prestigious” Ways & Means Committee. Ten Republican members are gone via outright loss or retirement. Leadership puts these members on this committee — so they don’t lose — hoping that their placement is attractive to voters. They lost anyway. They are the ultimate “go along to get along crowd,” impressing no one but themselves, and supporting Leadership’s chosen strategy to punt on everything at every turn.


All the money raised, and spent, all the staff, all the ads, all the consultant fees could not save this train wreck.  Contrast Leadership’s performance with that of the House Freedom Fund: 11 for 11 in open seat races. Lean. Mean. Effective.  


McCarthy and Ryan fell short because of their constant dithering, not ever really knowing the true pulse of its caucus, allowing the House to get bullied by the Senate in key moments – surrendering its voice and making the Chamber look small and inconsequential by comparison. 


A representative, especially a U.S. House Representative — their chief responsibility is to be a good steward of taxpayer resources. Time and again, it has been leadership’s decision to just rubber stamp one Continuing Resolution after another. Those who have been in lockstep with that decision flailed away last night.   


So, we’re looking for some fresh faces — some fresh blood; some people who recognize the popularity of the President’s message; folks who understand the value of this new digital frontier and how using tools like social media are fundamentally necessary to compete and sell your ideas; to be authentic, to be transparent, to be bold.


We’re looking for fighters in leadership, who can advance our priorities through digital media, who can recruit an audience, who can go beyond the base, always selling on emerging social platforms.  Jim Jordan has the most engaged Twitter account of any member of Congress with over 400,000 followers across his social media platforms…and it grows every day.   


Jordan was on stage with the President of the United States on the last day of campaigning, making the closing sale. That fact should not be viewed as a coincidence. Those that ran toward the President – like the recipients of the House Freedom Fund – succeeded. Those that lazily dithered their careers away, rubber-stamping taxpayer resources, failed last night. It’s time the White House and the House come together, get on the same page, with shared objectives, and that starts with electing a new Leader like Jim Jordan.




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